Evergreen, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries
All have ornamental bark, clusters of little urn-shaped flowers, decorative edible fruit, handsome foliage.
Provide good drainage, especially if plant receives regular water.
Thin growth of all types as needed.Arbutus menziesii
Native from British Columbia to Southern California in Coast Ranges, occasionally in middle elevations of Sierra Nevada. Mature height ranges from 20–100 ft. Forms broad, round head almost as wide as tall. Its smooth, reddish brown bark peels off in thin flakes. Leathery, 3–6-in.-long leaves are shiny dark green on top, dull gray-green beneath. In spring, large clusters of white to pinkish, bell-shaped flowers appear at branch ends. These are followed in early fall by clusters of brilliant orange to red, rough-coated berries that remain on the tree most of the winter if birds don’t get them. If you live in madrone country and have a tree in your garden, treasure it. Its requirements in gardens outside its native area are exacting: it must have fast drainage and nonalkaline water. Irrigate just enough to keep plants going until they are established, and then give only infrequent and deep watering. Look for new disease-resistant selections.
Native from British Columbia to Southern California in Coast Ranges, occasionally in middle elevations...
Native to the mountains of western North America. Grows to 5–100 ft. tall and wide, with dense c...
Grows to 25–30 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide. Branches are stiffly upright, forming a beautiful ...